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NPFL Review: Abia Warriors Records Vital Way Point, Dakkada Succumb To Niger Tornadoes At Home



After weeks of break, action resumed in the Nigeria topflight league as teams continue their quest for domestic glory.

Ten games in the offing today in the league had different groups continue the second round of the 2022/2023 Abridge league season as they hope to emerge amongst the Super Six for play-off.

In this piece, we will take a look at how actions played out in various stadia across Nigeria.

1. Rivers United vs Abia Warriors (1-1)
After a 0-0 stalemate in the first fixture in Umuahia, Coach Erasmus Onu and his boys took the war to pH city hoping to wreck havoc and get point(s).

The visitors, Abia Warriors were the first to break the deadlock off Kalu Nweke 48th goal, a goal which was cancelled out by resilient Rivers United side at the 90+ minute to ensure a share of spoils.

2. Enyimba Int’l vs Bendel Insurance (1-1)
Red-hot Nigeria professional football league striker, Obioma Chukwuemeka was the first to draw the first blood as he made no mistake to score from the spot in the first half.

The keenly contested fixture witnessed a twist at the 90mins as the visitors came through with a goal from a set-piece, a goal which ensured a share of spoils between the two sides.

3. Akwa United Vs Shooting Stars (2-0)
The promise keepers lived up to their promise as they clinch a 2-0 win over hard fighting and Starz studded Shooting Stars side.

Second half goals from Ubong Friday and Taiye Muritala was enough to secure all maximum points for the host.

4. Rangers International vs Bayelsa United (2-1)
Rangers International relied on two spot kick to fly pass Bayelsa United side.

The visitors, Bayelsa United were the first to open scoring in the first half , a goal which handed them a lead at half time break.

Rangers International fought back in the second half, made use of (2) spot kicks to clinch a win.

5. Doma United vs Lobi Stars (2-0)
The Savannah Scorpions left till the second half to unleash the damage on high flying Lobi Stars side.

Goals from Daniel Barnabas and Maurice Chigozie was enough to hand Doma United a 2-0 home win.

6. Remo Stars vs Nassarawa United (1-0)
Samuel Anakwe 16th minute goal was all the Skye blue stars needed to record a home win against the Solid miners.

7. Wikki Tourist vs Sunshine Stars (1-1)
Wikki Tourist side who scored in the second half via a spot had their hopes hit a snag as the visitors, Sunshine Stars scored an equalizer at the 86th minute to ensure a share of spoils.

8. Kwara United vs El-Kanemi Warriors (2-0)
After beating El-Kanemi Warriors away from home in the first round, Kwara United acheive a double as they clinch a 2-0 home win off the boots Omaka and Kadiri Samad.

9. Plateau United vs Gombe United (2-0)
Chimezie first half goal and Nerot Silas second half goal delivered maximum points for the Jos based side.

10. Dakada vs Niger Tornadoes (2-1)
Dakkada were served a shocker as they succumbed to a 2-1 home loss against it’s visitors.

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NPFL Super 6

Through difficulty to the height- Rangers Motor

Enugu Rangers International Football Club has qualified for this years final match of 2023 Tingo/Dozy MMobonusi sponsored Federation Cup. Rangers defeated her semi – final contenders, Plateau United Football Club of Jos by one goal to zero.




Enugu Rangers International Football Club has qualified for this years final match of 2023 Tingo/Dozy MMobonusi sponsored Federation Cup. Rangers defeated her semi – final contenders, Plateau United Football Club of Jos by one goal to zero.

As the Rangers motor suggests, “through difficulty to heights”, Rangers passed through difficulties to this height they have found themselves. With the struggles from the Tingo preseason competition which she came last, to the League competition, Rangers narrowly survived the relegation to lower division for the first time since inception but today, has qualified for the finals of the oldest and biggest football competition in Nigeria.

The semi – final match played at the Dipo Dina Stadium, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State was between Plateau United of Jos and Rangers International Football Club of Enugu. A Godwin Obaje’s penalty kick at 90+2 minutes when Philip Clement was brought down in Plateau’s 18 yard box in 89th minutes, was enough to send Rangers to the final match that will be between her and Bendel Insurance who progressed through penalty shootout after ending 0 – 0 (4 – 2) with Warrior Wolves.

According to Coach Abdu Maikaba, “I am very happy today having won my former club Plateau United. It was a had fought battle. We created so many scoring chances, but couldn’t convert any until we made a tactical change in second half. We were committing them in their 18 yard box and the result is what we are enjoying.”

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NPFL Super Six: Super Eagles Defender Adekunle Adeleke Eyes First League Title With Enyimba FCb



Super Eagles defender, Adekunle Adeleke has remained optimistic of landing his first Nigeria topflight league title with Enyimba International when the Nigeria Professional Football League play-off kick-start.

Adekunle and his Enyimba International side made it through the Championship play-off as they garner the needed points to emerge second position below Bencel Insurance in the just concluded Abridged League Season.

Speaking from the team camp ahead of the team first game against Remo stars tomorrow, the rock-solid defender has thrown his weight behind his team as he believes they posses all is needed to be crowned NPFL Champions.

“The team is coming into the Super 6 with a more fitter team as many injured players has returned from their injury “

“I believe we have what it takes to clinch the trophy and a win against Remo Stars tomorrow will boost the team morale” he concluded.

Known for his tenacity and bullish in the backline, the former Abia Warriors defender ranks amongst players to look out for in the Coach Findi George tutored side.

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Paul Bassey Assumes Chairmanship of NPFL Super 6 Local Organizing Committee




… Paul Bassey Appointed Chairman of NPFL Super 6 Local Organizing Committee

In a move set to revitalize and elevate the organization of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) Super 6, Paul Bassey has been appointed as the Chairman of the NPFL Super 6 Local Organizing Committee.

With his extensive experience and passion for the sport, Bassey’s appointment brings renewed hope for the successful execution of the highly anticipated tournament.

Paul Bassey, a prominent figure in Nigerian football, has taken up the pivotal role of Chairman of the NPFL Super 6 Local Organizing Committee. This appointment comes as a strategic decision by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to enhance the structure and organization of the NPFL Super 6, one of the most prestigious tournaments in Nigerian football.

As a respected sports administrator and renowned football journalist, Bassey’s appointment is expected to inject fresh energy and expertise into the event. His deep understanding of the intricacies of football administration and his commitment to promoting the growth of the sport in Nigeria make him an ideal candidate for this crucial position.

The NPFL Super 6 is a showcase tournament that brings together the top six teams from the NPFL season, competing for the ultimate glory. It serves as a platform for showcasing talent, fostering healthy competition, and providing an entertaining spectacle for football enthusiasts across Nigeria.

With Bassey at the helm, the NPFL Super 6 Local Organizing Committee aims to ensure seamless coordination and execution of the tournament. His responsibilities will include overseeing all aspects of the event, from venue selection and match scheduling to logistics, media coverage, and fan engagement. Bassey’s vast network within the Nigerian football community will also be instrumental in securing sponsorships and partnerships to elevate the tournament’s profile.

Expressing his gratitude for the appointment, Bassey emphasized his commitment to upholding the highest standards of professionalism, transparency, and fairness throughout the planning and execution stages. He acknowledged the significance of the NPFL Super 6 in promoting Nigerian football talent and pledged to work closely with all stakeholders to create a memorable and successful event.

The NPFL Super 6 has long been considered a launching pad for emerging football stars, providing a platform for them to catch the attention of national team selectors and international scouts. Bassey’s appointment is expected to enhance the tournament’s appeal and attract greater attention from football enthusiasts, sponsors, and media organizations.

As preparations for the NPFL Super 6 gather momentum under the guidance of Chairman Paul Bassey, football fans across Nigeria eagerly anticipate an enthralling competition that showcases the immense talent within the NPFL. The appointment of Bassey is seen as a step towards transforming the tournament into a well-organized and highly competitive event that reflects the true potential of Nigerian football.

Paul Bassey’s appointment as Chairman of the NPFL Super 6 Local Organizing Committee ushers in a new era of professionalism and dedication to Nigerian football. With his expertise and vision, the tournament is poised to reach new heights, benefiting players, fans, sponsors such as Dozy Mmobuosi and the sport as a whole. The NPFL Super 6 promises to be an exciting and memorable event, showcasing the immense talent within the Nigerian Professional Football League.

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